"We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it."- G. W. Sears
My forum name is Fish<><; I'm in the navy; and I hate sleeping on the ground. If I didn't need ground to walk on or measure resistance to, I think I could happily give it up.
Dogs are pack animals with very strong loyalty and emotions...the look on her face while being rescued by her new pack is priceless. Made my eyeballs sweat to think of her being left to die of dehydration etc by this creep.
In the Facebook comments several said the "owner" had heard she was rescued and wanted her back (the answer was NO). That after abandoning her for 6 days when she hurt her paws. Anyone up for a road trip to drag him to the top of the mountain, break his feet and hands, and walk away!?
Disclaimer for the humor challenged;
Law Dawg (ret) was joking and would never actually plan to harm another human being like this...well almost never.
Hammocks not just for sleeping
It's not the fall im scared of, it's the sudden stop at the end!!!
Only hang as high as your willing to fall- H.F. member
I live in Colorado and have heard a lot about this story in the last few days.
For those of you not from the area, you need to understand how dangerous 14ers can be, and how often people hike them unprepared, and not realizing the danger, even on the supposedly easy ones. If you get stuck on one of these mountains when a freak lightning storm blows in, as often occurs, it is utterly terrifying. Ever been above treeline and looked at the hairs on your arm and they were standing completely on end? I have. It's not fun. Every version of this story I've heard says that the owner retreated and abandoned the dog because a storm was coming, and he panicked. They also say he tried to contact the police and SAR groups and they refused to help him look for the dog. Only when the story got media attention did people go and rescue the pup.
Was he incredibly irresponsible to take a dog on a dangerous summit of a 14'er? Yes. Do thousands of people make the same mistake every year? YES.
It's easy to sit here and armchair quarterback, saying you would carry your dog down if it took your last breath, but when you are on the mountain and you hear the thunder rumbling, it awakens something very deep and visceral inside of you. I love my dogs, to the point that I spend far more money on them than the average pet owner, yet I am not willing to sit here and claim I know what I would have done in the same situation. The mountains are scary and Mother Nature can be brutal. The only thing I can say I would have done differently is to not take a dog with me in the first place.
the owner of the dog wants him back now. here is the latest
'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read.” ― Mark Twain
Who cares about showers, gourmet food, using flush toilets. Just keep on walking and being away from it all.
There are times that the only way you can do something is to do it alone.
I've seen it plenty of other places beyond this hammock forums thread, as well, and most of the idiots who have been commenting have never even driven to the top of Mt. Evans, let alone hiked a 14er. Walk a mile in someone else's shoes and all that...
When you have a backpack on, no matter where you are, you’re home.
PAIN is INEVITABLE. MISERY is OPTIONAL.